Tono: a glorious story of horses and humans
TONO is a ravishingly beautiful dance work, but one that seems slightly disjointed.
Sandra Laronde founded Toronto-based Red Sky Performance in 2000 to be a voice for Aboriginal arts. Her inspiration for TONO is the shared culture of the indigenous peoples of Canada, Mongolia and China's Inner Mongolia.
For both her and Montreal co-choreographer Roger Sinha, the three countries represent the endless plains that were home to the magnificent figure of the horse. Laronde's concept also includes the idea of shamanism, which she sees as the ability to communicate with both nature and the spirit world.
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